UK Public Sector Unprepared for the Impact of Wireless Wearable Technology on its IT Infrastructure

Confusion over wireless devices on the network and a lack of planning demonstrate an acute lack of readiness for wearable technology in the UK workplace

LEXINGTON, Mass.--()--A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by Ipswitch to 634 United Kingdom public sector organizations revealed that 85 percent of the respondents do not have a plan in place for managing wireless wearable technology in the workplace.

The FOIA request was designed to see if IT professionals in the UK public sector are effectively using network management and network monitoring tools to manage present and future challenges. As BYOD gathers momentum, including the adoption of wearable technology by workers, many UK Public Sector Organizations risk losing control of their network, their wireless devices and the bandwidth needed to function.

UK Public Sector Organizations responses reveal lack of attention on network management and application performance management

  • Even though the vast majority (93 percent) have invested in network management tools, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) cannot distinguish between wired and wireless devices on their network
  • The majority (87 percent) cited network performance as a key priority but less than a quarter (23 percent) bothers to review network performance regularly during office hours.
  • Additionally, just over a third (34 percent) review network performance on a weekly basis or less frequently while one in eight (12 percent) admit to not reviewing network performance at all

“Many cash-strapped UK government bodies are spending on network management tools offering features that they either don’t need, or will never use. Meanwhile, they appear unable to easily gather fundamental data about the growing number of devices on their network,” said Ennio Carboni, executive vice president of customer solutions at Ipswitch.

“It’s a perfect storm of device overload and application performance problems that they’ll struggle to manage. Government bodies in the UK should ask themselves what they really need to understand about their network, and ensure they’re using a solution closely aligned to this need”, Carboni added.

Ensuring secure connectivity, collaboration and information flow in the public sector

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  • Respond to network problems before users notice, and keep critical systems operational
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About the Ipswitch FOIA Request

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Ipswitch was initiated in late 2013 and respondents included 634 Public Sector Organizations in the UK including local authorities, government departments, NHS trusts and universities.

About Ipswitch

Ipswitch helps solve complex IT problems with simple solutions. The company’s software is trusted by millions of people worldwide to transfer files between systems, business partners and customers; and to monitor networks, applications and servers. Ipswitch was founded in 1991 and is based in Lexington, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

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